Micro-computed tomography for plant identification in artefacts
Smith, Catherine Ann; Lowe, Bronwyn J.; McNoughton, Andrew
In New Zealand the identification of materials of construction of Māori textiles has important cultural and legal connotations. However the identification of aged and processed plant material in artefacts is difficult, compounded by the need for use of nondestructive analytical methods. This paper will discuss the application, efficacy and implications of a new method that uses micro-computed tomography (micro-CT) together with an identification key as evaluative criteria for the identification of plant material in artefacts. Case studies using Māori textiles will show how plant identification using microCT can aid in ascribing cultural context to artefacts with unknown provenance, and aid in rediscovery of cultural knowledge about plant use for artefact production.
Editor: Bridgland, J
Conference: ICOM-CC, Paris, France
Keywords: Micro-computed tomography; Plant material identification; Maori textiles
Research Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper published in proceedings)